Jerry Clyde Brigham

Jerry Clyde Brigham was born on Feb. 5, 1944, in Ada, Okla. He was the son of Olen and Aline Brigham. He grew up in Madill and graduated from high school in 1962. After attending the University of Oklahoma as a student, he returned there as a member of the Mass Communications faculty and received his Master of Fine Arts degree. Jerry lived in Louisiana, Alaska, and Colorado before retiring and returning to the Madill area. Professionally, he taught college courses in Mass Comunications and Film at the University of Oklahoma, University of Alaska, University of Louisiana and East Central University in Ada, Okla. The majority of his nonteaching career was spent working as a CEO and a public television personality at a number of radio and TV stations. These include stations such as: KUAC TV/ FM in Fairbanks, Alaska, KYUK AM/TV in Bethel, Alaska, KRVS FM in Lafayette, La., and radio station KUTE in Ignacio, Colo. As a researcher and writer, Jerry published articles in The Northern Review, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Thought. He also wrote a number of newspaper articles, short stories, and television scripts. Living in Alaska for nearly 20 years, he is best remembered for his work on several documentaries which often showed statewide and on PBS. These included a sport-fishing show called “Angling Alaska,” which he hosted, as well as an award-winning documentary “Tales of the Tundra,” which Jerry researched, wrote and co-produced. He is also remembered for hosting a long-running series “Reel Magic” for eight seasons, and “Tundra Terror Theater” that he wrote and hosted (which gave him the dubious nickname “Horrible Clyde”). Jerry Brigham always tried to serve the community in which he and his family lived. This included everything from judging the Durango Film Festival, presenting over 20 lectures on Alaskan film history, to small isolated communities for the Alaska Humanities Speakers Forum, and traveling on the Alaska Ferry System to meet, greet, and lecture tourists. Since returning to Oklahoma, he served on the Johnson County Library Board, Marshall County Museum Board, and wrote articles for The Madill Record. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Ann Brigham; a daughter: Jennifer Lind Brigham, of Madill; a son: Dylan Thomas Brigham and wife, Donna, of Fairbanks, Alaska; six grandchildren (Zack, Kyle, Ashley, Danielle, Daryn, and Haley), and four great-grandchildren (Chloe Lee, Mathias, Owen Elliot, and Adaline Grace). The memorial service will show a few brief clips from some of Jerry’s television documentaries. Those who grew up with him are urged to share their memories. After cremation, his ashes will be moved to the Kushokwim River in Western Alaska which was his favorite fly fishing area. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to KYUK Public Radio and Television Station, 640 Radio St., Bethel, Alaska 99559 Services will be Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Okla. Steve Robinson will officiate the service. Services will beunder the direction of Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.

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